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Creighton Receives $1.96 Million to Study Vitamin D in Women

Creighton Receives $1.96 Million to Study Vitamin D in Women

Creighton University Medical Center has received a $1.96 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study vitamin D supplementation in women.

While most people are aware of the critical role that calcium plays in bone health and osteoporosis prevention, fewer appreciate Vitamin D’s role in the absorption of that calcium by our bones, said J. Christopher Gallagher, M.D. professor of medicine in Creighton’s Department of Endocrinology and the study’s principal investigator.

The Creighton study will help determine optimum levels of Vitamin D supplementation for women, the most frequent victims of osteoporosis. According to the NIH, people with an insufficient intake of vitamin D absorb less than 10 percent of the calcium they eat or drink.

Gallagher is the 2006 recipient of an award for Career Contributions to Vitamin D Research from the International Vitamin D Society. Co-investigators on the five-year grant are Prema Rapuri, Ph.D., Creighton assistant professor of medicine, and Jane Meza, Ph.D., and Lynette Smith, M.S., both with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Women, who are ages 25-85 and interested in participating in the study, should call 280-4164 or 1- 888-254-7357.

Posted: 11/27/06